Antònia Del Río IN RESiDENCE at the School Infanta Isabel d’Aragó

Antònia del Río (Majorca, 1983). Her projects focus on research into the mechanisms by which knowledge is transmitted and lost, establishing a constant dialogue between memory and oblivion. Through processes for the conservation of memory, she explores the construction of discourse, knowledge and thought. 

In 2010, she received a grant for artistic production from the Suñol Foundation. This enabled her to create Xiu-xius en blanc, la biblioteca absent [Whispers in White, the Absent Library], which she presented at the Suñol Foundation's Nivell Zero exhibition space in 2011. Another outstanding work is Catedral [Cathedral], curated by Joana Hurtado, a project on the Chapel of Sant Roc (Valls). Antònia del Río has also shown her work at the Cap Vermell Centre in Cala Rajada (Majorca, 2010), at the Torre de Ses Puntes in Manacor (Majorca, 2010) and at the Casa de Cultura in Felanitx (Majorca, 2010). 

The main collective exhibitions she has taken part in include Àmbits d'intrusió, at Can Felipa (Barcelona, 2012); Oficina 36: Exposició núm. 1, at The Private Space (Barcelona, 2011); Contextos Intermèdia, at Tecla Sala Art Centre (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, 2010) and Estampa tentaciones (Madrid, 2009).

Biography written in 2013

School Infanta Isabel d’Aragó

Institut Infanta Isabel d’Aragó, a secondary school in Sant Martí district, offers pupils the baccalaureate course in fine art. The school took part in the first edition of In Residence (2009-2010), when the artist Salvador Juanpere and a group of pupils in the fourth year of ESO compulsory secondary education taking the optional subject visual and fine art produced the piece Deu mil hores (Ten Thousand Hours].

High-school Infanta Isabel d'Aragó is a public school located in the district Sant Martí de Provençals in Barcelona. This school was founded in 1962 with the aim of giving education to working-class teenagers who were living in that area. The district was born in the urban expansion of Barcelona towards the river Besòs. Since then, the school education spirit has been its driving force to overcome the challenges posed by different syllabus in our society. In this sense, the words written once by Angeleta Ferrer, teacher and headmistress of this school during the first years, are still valid today: “It has always been vibrant, in constant renewal, persistently striving for self-improvement. This school is characterised by its continuous work, its in-house structure, its parties, exhibitions, celebration, concerts, outings, trips and all kinds of spiritual and human demonstrations. The school walls ooze unchangeable, permanent principles of mutual respect and esteem that can never be surrendered, for they attract people within the school context.”

In this context of education and knowledge, arts are as important as other subjects. From the very beginning, the school offered subjects in relation to plastic arts and design, conveying education through art, to the point that many of its students’ designs, drawings, pictures and videos have been awarded. In this same line, the school has permanent art exhibitions in the hallways, as an artistic tour throughout the school history.

Presentation written in 2009


Students 4th of ESO:
Denise Arenas, Mireia Callao, Alexander Cayo, Carlos Costas, Joel Gallardo, Montserrat Garcia, Zaida Maria Gonçalves, Rongrong Li, Hector Rolando Malaspina, Sara Márquez, Laura Molina, Sergio Morales, Ana Moya, Edgar Peñalver, Danny Alexis Rojas, Ariadna Termens, Aina Torralba and Yanina Carolina Troche

Eulalia Sword (education and visual Arts)

Curation and coordination:
A Bao A Qu Association

Directed by:
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium